Following his two-year solo museum exhibition, Alan Shuptrine: Appalachian Watercolors of the Serpentine Chain, the artist is embarking on a new journey. Collaborating with best-selling author, avid hiker and storyteller, Jennifer Pharr Davis, Alan Shuptrine’s first coffee table book is launching in September. Titled I Come From A Place, the thematic book will contain images of Mr. Shuptrine’s watercolors as well as Ms. Pharr Davis’ prose.
Ms. Pharr Davis, an Asheville, N.C. resident, holds the female world record for fastest supported hike on the Appalachian Trail, claiming an average of 47 miles per day. She is a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and an ambassador for the American Hiking Society.
Review for I Come From A Place:
The Shuptrine-Davis collaborative book will share a spirited and soulful insight into what we know and love of Appalachia. The concept of where one seeks comfort and what provides a sense of home is the premise for I Come From A Place. Whether it is from genetics, or the possibility of living past lives, there is a location, a setting, in which everyone feels their most content; a place that provides a sense of peace and contentment.
The book tour for I Come From A Place is launching with celebrations in September. The first is Thursday, Sept. 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Lookout Mountain Fairyland Club at 1201 Fleetwood Dr. on Lookout Mountain. The event will include Appalachian recipes, whiskey tastings from Chattanooga Whiskey, and mountain music from several local musicians. Both artist and author will be on hand for a brief talk and to sign copies of the book.
The following evening, Friday, Sept. 13, Mr. Shuptrine and Ms. Pharr Davis will be at The Edwin Hotel, 102 Walnut St., to sign copies of their book and to greet guests. Available artwork will be on display, with a brief watercolor demonstration, as well as hors d'oeuvres representing the Appalachian cuisine of The Whitebird Restaurant.
Pre-orders for a Limited Edition copy may be placed at www.alanshuptrine.com or by calling the gallery at 266-4453.